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Best book events in NYC: Critics' picks

James McBride Reading

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Each one of McBride's four novels has been more acclaimed than the last; most recently, the NYC writer won the 2013 National Book Award for The Good Lord Bird, his stunning story of a slave in

  1. New York University, Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House 58 W 10th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Fri Nov 21
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The 2015 Pushcart Prize Celebration

  • Critics choice

For almost 40 years, the Pushcart Prize committee has been collecting the best writing published by small presses in the previous year; in other words, it's the perfect book for discovering a lot of

  1. Strand Book Store 828 Broadway, at 12th St
  2. Fri Nov 21
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Notes on Fiction: Orfeo by Richard Powers

  • Critics choice

The brilliantly unique Notes on Fiction series, spearheaded by pianist Sugar Vendil, combines music and literature into a hybrid concert-and-reading event. The latest literary experiment mashes up a

  1. DiMenna Center for Classical Music 450 W 37th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, 10018
  2. Fri Nov 21
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Weird Sister Launch Party

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The brilliant new website Weird Sister devotes its space to writing at the intersection of feminism, literature and pop culture—and we like the sound of that. To kick off the new project, founding

  1. Wendy's Subway 722 Metropolitan Ave, between Graham and Manhattan Aves, 11211
  2. Sat Nov 22
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